If You Get 9/9 On This Quiz, You Should Travel Back In Time And Be A Doctor

Art thou a doctor?

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  1. Which of these was NOT another name for yellow fever?

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    Bronze John
    Dock fever
    Rose cold
    Stranger's fever
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Rose cold

    Yes, those other ones are real! While it sounds kind of fancy, rose cold was just another way of describing hay fever and allergies in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

  2. Cripes! Your doctor just diagnosed you with "bladder in throat." What will the townsfolk of the future call this?

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    Tuberculosis
    Constipation
    Stomach flu
    Diphtheria
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Diphtheria

    Civil War death certificates cite this gross-sounding illness as a cause of death, but it has a much more scientific-sounding name today.

  3. The village is a-whispering of an outbreak of "white swelling." Is this a real affliction?

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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    White swelling was documented in 1894 as the swelling of joints with fluid from tuberculosis arthritis.

  4. Which of these is NOT an old-fashioned name for a modern-day disease?

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    Scrivener's palsy
    Wasp's tongue
    St. Vitus's dance
    Bright's disease
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Wasp's tongue

    Scrivener’s palsy was an 1870's name for writer's cramp, St. Vitus's Dance is an outdated name for Syndenham's Chorea, and Bright's disease was a Victorian-era name for chronic nephritis.

  5. Surely you've heard of dropsy. What is that disease called now?

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    Gangrene
    Smallpox
    Edema
    Chlamydia
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Edema

    Until the 20th century, many people were cited as dying from the adorable-sounding dropsy. Nowadays, it's called edema, and it's a sign of heart failure.

  6. Medicine men are whispering of an affliction where tuberculosis affects the neck. What are they calling this illness?

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    King's evil
    Winter fever
    Canine madness
    Chilblain
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    King's evil

    In the middle ages, people in France and England thought that that form of tuberculosis could only be healed by a touch from the king!

  7. Which of these wasn't another name for typhoid fever?

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    Jail fever
    Ship fever
    Camp fever
    Puking fever
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Puking fever

    Even though it wasn't a name for typhoid fever, puking fever is very real, and it was a 19th century name for milk sickness, a disease that is pretty uncommon today.

  8. New life has just burst forth from your loins! Which of these post-labor diseases should you be concerned about?

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    Softening of brain
    Puerperal fever
    Sloes
    Sanquincous crust
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Puerperal fever

    Puerperal fever, or post-labor fever, was a big problem for new moms in the 18th and 19th century. (BTW, softening of brain was a stroke, sloes was milk sickness, and sanquincous crust was a scab.)

  9. Avast! A disease called "eel thing" is spreading 'round. What is it, exactly?

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    A tongue disorder
    An eye tumor
    A hair-loss virus
    A skin infection
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    A skin infection

    Ah yes, eel thing, another name for what we now call erysipelas, a skin infection that causes pain and redness. It's also sometimes called St. Anthony's Fire.

If You Get 9/9 On This Quiz, You Should Travel Back In Time And Be A Doctor

Alas, not all of us townsfolk can practice medicine. Methinks it is thy destiny to pursue an alternate career. Become a cobbler instead, perhaps?

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Whilst some of thine contemporaries know nothing of the illnesses of years past, thy knowledge is quite impressive. Drink a goblet of mead as thy congratulations.

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Art thou a doctor?! Thine has a prodigious knowledge of ye olde afflictions, and 10/10 peasants would recommend thy medical services.

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